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October 4, 2013
Echo at Satsop film is released!
Film Released


‘Echo at Satsop’ is my first film, which I directed and produced. It was filmed entirely at Satsop, a decommissioned nuclear plant facility in Elma, Washington, USA.

The making of this film began with my response to the triple disaster that occurred in Japan two years ago. On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the country, causing a massive tsunami that led to the collapse of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Tragically, due to ongoing radiation leakage, it’s devastating impact on the people and environment around it, will continue for years to come.

“I decided to create a film that would only be possible to realize within the decommissioned nuclear cooling tower at Satsop. When I first visited the site in 2012, I became anxious as I approached the facility, but once I entered Cooling Tower #3, which became my filming location, I experienced something unexpected – a complete transformation of my emotions. The structure of the tower and the space within it was overwhelmingly beautiful and truly inspirational. I felt like I was embraced by something unseen. I puzzled over this experience because of the juxtaposition between nuclear power and sacredness, however it became my primary motivation to go back to the site to create a film, as it is my way to seek the answer.”

The words, prayer and purification kept coming back to my mind through the process of making of the film, and they became the cores of the message. The element of water is emphasized in the film, as it is significant in purification in Japanese rituals that often associate with prayer. Another crucial element is sound reverberation that suggests the cause and effect of nuclear production, and in a much broader sense, is the realization that a simple act can affect the surrounding environment and all living things. This cooling tower is also known for its amazing acoustic properties as an echo chamber due to its unique concrete structure and the cistern below. The sound created by simply clapping hands or dropping a stone on the floor becomes an almost emotional experience within the tower.

This project is supported by 4Culture and Jack Straw Cultural Center.

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Associated Exhibitions

 

News Archive
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A permanent art installation proposed for Pullman High School
in Pullman, WA.
Working with Arts WA, Washington State Arts Commission.
February 10, 2017
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Glass Pyrograph commissioned
for The Alexandria at Torrey Pines in San Diego
June 16, 2016
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Grand Prize awarded by Dave Bown Projects
November 04, 2015
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Destined to Create: Artist Etsuko Ichikawa
September 06, 2015
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Crafted: Objects in Flux
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
August 25, 2015 – January 10, 2016
August 25, 2015
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Crafted: Objects in Flux published by Museum of Fine Arts Boston
August 01, 2015
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Interview published on COLLECT & CONNECT
April 04, 2015
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Artist Presentation on HAKONIWA Project
Museum of Northwest Art, La Conner, WA
March 31, 2015
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Mesmerizing Molten Glass Paintings by Etsuko Ichikawa
March 22, 2015
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FORCES OF NATURE, Film Screening & Presentation
Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park
November 01, 2014
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Solo Exhibit Review by Matthew Kangas on art ltd., November 2014 issue
April 17, 2014
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Performance at Chrysler Museum of Art
February 11, 2014
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Seattle Weekly reviews Echo at Satsop
December 08, 2013
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New Work: Aquagraph on panel
December 07, 2013
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New Work: Tsurezuregusa series on panel
October 02, 2013
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The Culture Trip interview
September 27, 2013
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Etsuko Ichikawa: Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
September 17, 2013
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Seattle Times reviews Echo at Satsop
December 31, 2012
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Archived Interviews: 1996 - 2012
December 31, 2012
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Archived Publications: 1996 - 2012
December 31, 2012
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Archived Reviews: 1996 - 2013
November 21, 2012
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Art Rader Asia interview
November 14, 2012
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Exhibit Catalogue: Waterhouse & Dodd
April 01, 2009
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Review: Afterburn on GLASS
March 02, 2009
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Etsuko Ichikawa at BAM on Art Culture
September 01, 2008
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Plumbing the Subconscious
May 14, 2008
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Living Images: Etsuko Ichikawa’s Ephemeral Eternal
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